What Does Your Online Activity Say About You?
We’re almost a decade and a half into the age of Social Media, and it can still be tricky to navigate. One question we all should be asking ourselves is: What message is my total online persona sending to the world? Another question to ask might be: is my online presence communicating the right brand?
You may need to step back and take an objective look at your social media presence as a whole. Look at your Facebook feed, your Instagram, your blog, your Pinterest, your LinkedIn, and your Twitter feed over a couple of weeks. What kind of picture emerges?
- If a stranger browsed your social media presence, what kind of person would they think you are?
- Is there a clear sense of your personality and/or the themes and topics you discuss publicly?
- Does your online activity reflect you appropriately for your professional life?
- Would you appear to be a well-rounded person with both professional and personal interests?
- Do you seem to be interested in others and in the world? Are you starting and participating in conversations?
- Are you interesting?
- If there are people who are waiting for something from you, will your online activity make it seem like you’re not paying attention to the correct priorities?
If we have a social media presence, we are opening ourselves up to scrutiny from others.
For example, if you write lighthearted women’s fiction, you’ll want to think twice about a social media presence that consists mostly of your passionate views on social justice (although it can be a part of your feed). If your books are aimed at people in business and leadership, you’ll want to make sure your online brand communicates some seriousness and gravitas. If you’re trying to get an agent or a publisher and your online presence consists of rants and negativity, will you appear to be someone with whom people want to work?
Take a careful look. It’s worth a few moments of evaluation.
What does your online presence say about you?